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Purple Heart Ceremony Held at Polk County Courthouse

(MENA) Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison declared in a proclamation on Friday, March 29th, that Polk County shall be designated as a PURPLE HEART COUNTY. The designation comes on the same day that the Vietnam War Veterans Day, was being celebrated in a proclamation by the City of Mena, the State of Arkansas and by the federal government. The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America. The Purple Heart Medal was initially called the Badge of Military Merit, by the country’s first President, George Washington, in 1782.

Mena Fire Offers Tips Now that Spring has sprung and citizens are out doing their Spring yard work the Mena Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the citizens of a few recommendations, laws, and fire safety tips when conducting controlled burns within the city limits of Mena. The Mena Fire Department encourage citizens to take advantage of the upcoming Spring clean up for city residents scheduled to begin April 23rd. This could be a safer option for many folks that may be considering conducting controlled burns of their yard debris, including leaves and limbs. For those that recently moved here or do not know, open burning of organic material is allowed in most of the city limits of Mena. The Arkansas State Air Pollution Control Regulation: Section 18.6(B) Prohibits the open burning of waste materials. Specifically it states that: No person shall cause or permit the open burning of refuse, garbage, trade waste, or other waste material, or shall conduct a salvage operation by open burning. Household trash,

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Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison, sitted in front, signed a proclamation on Friday, March 29th declaring Polk County a Purple Heart County.

One Week Wonder Plane Done In Mena (MENA) Rose Aircraft Services recently completed an exciting project that is the first of its kind to the aircraft industry. The company, based at the Mena Air Center, just completed the painting of a new Light Sport Airplane, that according to officials should open up a brand new area of low – cost and safe flying for enthusiasts. The plane took approximately 3000 people in various stages to assemble and around another 30 people to paint the aircraft. This type of aircraft does not have to be licensed by the FAA, but, the requirements implemented into the design of the plane are mostly adhered to the FAA standards in place for slightly larger private planes.

The plane kit was made in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and was shipped to Mena for the painting and assembly. The plane took

off on Thursday from the Mena Air Center, in preparation for the Sun ‘N Fun Event in Lakeland, Florida that takes place next week. The cost of the plane is approximately between $70 and $80 thousand dollars. construct and paint. Picture submitted by Kirsten Eastridge with Rose Aircraft


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Professor Arrested on 150 Child Pornography Charges

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(CONWAY) A Hendrix College professor has been placed on administrative leave and barred from campus after being arrested Friday on 150 child pornography charges, authorities said. Little Rock police officers, with the help of the FBI, arrested Duff Campbell, 59, on 150 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing sexually explicit conduct involving children, an arrest report said. Investigators and FBI agents searched Campbell's residence at 14209 Longtree Drive in Little Rock and found "numerous hard drives and a desktop computer" that contained the pornographic material, the report said. According to Hendrix College's website, Campbell is a Massachusetts native who has been a mathematics professor in Conway since 2000. Campbell received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1989 and a doctorate from Boston Uni-

versity in 1997. A news release from Hendrix College said a professor was immediately placed on administrative leave and barred from campus and any college-owned property after the school learned the "seriousness of the charges." The release notes that the professor is also barred from any computer-aided access to the college. "Our overriding priority is the safety and wellbeing of those on our campus and within our community," the statement said. "We will cooperate with authorities and take further action that may be warranted as additional information becomes known." Hendrix College Provost Terri Bonebright has arranged for other professors to cover Campbell's classes so students would not lose ground on their graduation track.

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Reflections From Faith and History The Christian Roots of Science -by Jeff Olson For years now, there has been an ongoing debate between the realms of science and Christianity. Much of this has centered around the two subjects of evolution and creation. Unfortunately, and in far too many cases, the discussions and debates have presented a false choice. In other words, it is an either/or situation in which science and Christianity cannot co-exist. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Not only are they compatible but they are integrally related and share a common heritage. Christianity is a faith of enlightenment and intelligence. The fact that God created a universe with an orderly structure subject to scientific inquiry strongly validates His design of us with the capacity and inspiration to learn, share and apply knowledge for the common good. Many of the early scientists such as Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Tycho, Newton, and Pascal had a Christian worldview and their faith inspired and informed their scientific endeavors and to them it was clear that God had not only created the universe, but also had maintained its order and harmony. Science developed within a Christian civilization because of the biblical teaching of a rational God. Many civilizations developed great technical expertise - Egypt with its pyramids, Rome with its aqueducts - but only one produced the experimental method we call science. That civilization was Europe at the end of the Middle Ages which was a culture steeped in Christian faith. Inherent in Christianity is the presence of natural laws that originate from God who set them in place as a function within His

creation. This very idea of laws in nature is not found in any other culture. Science historian A.R. Hall says that the idea comes from the Hebraic and Christian belief in a deity who was both Creator and Lawgiver. Sociologist R.K. Merton says that modern science owes its existence to the Christian notion of moral obligation. A part of this obligation is encompassed in the biblical principle of stewardship which requires us to study the world and use it to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind. The historic alliance between faith and reason, which endured for more than three centuries, came under siege during the past century by those who set out to discredit Christianity. Like today, the attacks would often be more ideological than scientific in nature and quite ironic because at the very heart of science is the principle that empirical data and broad scientific consensus are essential elements in validating or dismissing proposed theories. Often, we’ve been expected to accept “scientific” claims based more on faith in science than support by science. Unfortunately, this polarization of faith and science has infiltrated many of our nation’s educational institutions and misled countless young and unsuspecting minds. They are often taught that science disproves Christianity through subjects such as evolution and the age of the Earth, to name just a few. Christians should never be intimidated by dogmatic pronouncements about science proving this or science disproving that because many of the accepted theories in science were shaped by a bias against re-

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Arvest Bank Branching Out With More Services for Montgomery County (MOUNT IDA) Southern Bancorp Bank of Arkadelphia is developing a full – service branch at 1017 US Highway 270 East in Mount Ida. The move by the $1.4 billion – asset lender will expand its limited operations presence in the $105.3 million – deposit market.

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much to offer the other. The more historians of science study the historical record, the more clearer it becomes that it is God who created and sustains the natural laws that the scientific community appeal to in their theories, and the more obvious it becomes that science could never have developed were it not for Christianity. Think about it: for those scientists who try to delegitimize Christianity and the Bible, are they not cutting off the branch on which they are sitting?

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Police Reports... The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

Polk County Sheriff’s Report March 25, 2019 Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Nunley of an unauthorized person on their property. Investigation continues. Report of an earlier disturbance on Polk 56 near Nunley. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report from complainant on Polk 718 near Mena of damage done to a cable line by an unknown person. Deputy advised complainant of legal options. March 26, 2019 Report from a Cove woman that her 14-year-old son had walked away from home. The juvenile was later located and returned to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report from another law enforcement agency that stolen property was located in Polk County. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Wickes of a missing license plate. Juvenile Citations for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Public Intoxication were issued to a 14-year-old male. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian. Report of a break-in and theft at a storage unit in Hatfield. Investigation continues. Arrested was Robert H. Williams, 43, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. March 27, 2019 Report from Mena Regional Health System of a dog bite victim. Deputy responded. The owner was advised to quarantine the animal for ten days. Report from complainant on Polk 119 of the theft of firewood. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 231 near Cove that an individual refuses to re-

turn a vehicle to the owner. Investigation continues. March 28, 2019 Report of an outbuilding on fire on Highway 88 East in Cherry Hill. Deputy responded. Report from complainant on Polk 130 near Rocky of an unauthorized person on their property. Deputy responded. Investigation continues. Arrested was Gary D. Collier, 58, of Hatfield, on a Warrant for three counts of Felony Failure to Appear. March 29, 2019 Report of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 246 West near Hatfield. Deputies responded. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 62 near Board Camp of an animal that had been shot. Information has been provided to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration. Report of a structure fire on Treasure Lane near Acorn. Deputy responded. Report of an unattended death on Polk 52 near Mena. Deputy responded. March 30, 2019 Report from complainant on Stevenson Drive in Wickes of problems concerning neighbors. All parties were advised to cease all contact with one another. March 31, 2019 Report from complainant on Polk 280 near Cove of a missing animal, believed to be stolen. Report of a disturbance on Polk 11 near Wickes. Subject left the residence before the deputy arrived. Subject was later advised to cease all contact with complainant. Report from complainant on Polk 164 near Rocky of a break-in that caused damage to a door. Investigation continues. Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 71 South in Cove. Deputies responded. Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 13 Incarcerated Inmates , with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

Mena Police Department Report March 24, 2019 Jason D. Rosson, 37, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after an incident at a local business. A Mena woman reported that someone had stolen property from her. Case is pending further investigation. March 25 & 26, 2019 Bryan Alan Russell, 37, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant. Report was taken concerning a young child who had wandered away from his guardians while they slept. After notifying DHS employees, the child was returned to the custody of the guardians. March 27, 2019 Officers conducted a traffic stop concerning exceeding the speed limit. During the stop, several items of contraband drugs

and paraphernalia were located. The case was sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office for issuance of a warrant. March 28, 2019 A local woman reported that she is being harassed and followed by an unknown individual. Case is pending further information. A Mena woman reported that she is being harassed by her former husband. Case is pending location and interview of suspect. March 29 & 30, 2019 Officers were dispatched a local residence regarding an altercation between a divorced couple regarding visitation. No charges have been filed at this time. Officers responded to a call regarding a man walking down the middle of Highway 71. The man was located and cautioned not to walk in the highway. No charges were filed.

Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments This week the following people were arraigned in Polk County Circuit Court. All information is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. JAMES E. PIKE COUNT I: DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE OR COCAINE,In violation of Ark. Code Ann. § 5-64-422(b )(1 ), that on or about June 11, 2018, the said defendant did, acting alone or as an accomplice, deliver METHAMPHETAMINE to another person in a quantity of less than two (2g) by aggregate weight including diluents or adulterants, constituting a Class “C” Felony, AGAINST THE PEACE AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS.

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INAL OFFENSES: POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE I or II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, not Meth/Coc, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE I OR II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, not Meth/Coc, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE VI CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA)

DAVID MARSHALL FRASER COUNT I: POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE I or SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, In violation of Ark. Code Ann.§ 5-64-419(b)(l)(A), In that on or about February 5, 2019 the said defendant, unlawfully possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule Il controlled substance, in an amount of Two grams (2g) or less, said possession constituting a Class “D” Felony AGAINST THE PEACE AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS

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Master Gardeners Are on the Move By Ann Glenn, Master Gardener

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Friday, March 29, in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Ouachita Regional Hospice provided pinning ceremonies with a reception following for area veterans in each of the four long term care facilities in Mena. Each veteran was recognized with a pin and certiďŹ cate in appreciation for their service. Families of each veteran were invited to attend. Seth Smith, Mena mayor, and Ed Cross, Denie Westphal, and David Spurgin of the Polk County Honor Guard attended. Photo submitted by Serena Loyd, LMSW, Social Worker/ Bereavement Coordinator, Ouachita Regional Hospice

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Signs of spring are all around us, from the tiny spring beauties in the grass to the heart-lifting blossoms of tulip magnolias that survived the late hard frost. As you move around town in the next few weeks, you are very likely to observe Master Gardeners beginning their annual springtime routine on all their Sanctioned Projects. Their mission is “beautifying Polk County, one Project at a time�. The familiar green and white signs with the logo of the University of Arkansas Extension Service and the notation “Project of Polk County Master Gardeners� appear at the Courthouse, the Rose Garden, and the Depot. April is also the time Master Gardeners swing into high gear preparing for their Annual Plant Sale. They will be having at least one Planning Committee meeting, one work day and one potting day scheduled for each week in April. There will be more potting days as the month draws to a close. The Annual Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 11, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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The Executive Director works under the supervision of the Board of Directors. Upper SW RSWMD covers 9 counties in southwest Arkansas. The Executive Director must demonstrate experience in economic and community development, communication skills and experience working with governmental bodies at the local and state levels. A college degree is preferred but no required. The position requires management experience both with employees and financial matters. The position will require the Executive Director to obtain a solid waste master license. The District also has a 15 county waste tire program that will be part of the Executive Director’s responsibilities. Salary based on qualifications and experience.

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Mena / Polk County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings

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The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce recently held two ribbon cuttings for new members. Left: Wolf Pen Gap ATV Rentals, Cleveland Gilmore and Nancy Lands, owners, 1191 Polk Rd 61, Mena - 479.243.0746 - www.wpgatv.com. Right: Wild Hare Art Glass Studio & Gallery - Linda Ostman, owner, husband, Greg, 609 Mena St. - 479.234-4927. Photos submitted by Pasha Watson of the chamber. www.menapolkchamber.com

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CHARLES RUSSELL BATES Charles Russell Bates, age 75, of Ink, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was born on Monday, June 28, 1943 to James Russell and Marie Whisenhunt Bates in Ink, Arkansas. Charles was an avid outdoorsmen, spending time going and looking for arrowheads, going deer hunting and catching fish. He loved his family and spending time with them. Charles got great joy from his 1972 Candy Brandywine Red AMC Rebel Machine and picking his guitar and mandolin, playing music as Hillbilly Charlie the clown. Charles worked 34 years at US Motors before he retired. Charles was a member of the Northside Church of Christ. Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Tracy “Mudflap” Bates and his sister, Mary Lou Hobbs. He is survived by his wife, Lula Bates of Ink; his daughter and son in law, Connie and Jay Gilchrist of Ink; two step sons and daughters in law, Michael and Amy Thurman of Norman, Oklahoma, Shawn and Brandee Thurman of Aurora, Missouri; four grandchildren, Justin Bates of Morrilton, Arkansas, Will Thurman of Norman, Oklahoma, Devyn Thurman and Ashlyn Thurman of Aurora, Missouri; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Jeremy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation was Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser family Funeral Home Chapel. Pallbearers were Dwight Powell, Jerry Hansbrough, Dale Emery, James Gentry, Duane Powell, and Jimmy Wagner. Honorary Pallbearer was Wayne Reid. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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LONNIE FOREST EASTERLING, SENIOR Lonnie Forest Easterling Sr., age 69, of Cherry Hill, Arkansas died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home. He was born on Saturday, April 23, 1949 to Forest and Vera Browning Easterling in Hazzard, Kentucky. Lonnie had strong Christian values and was an active member of the Cherry Hill Baptist Church. He moved to Cherry Hill in 2003 and was very happy there. Lonnie loved old cars and attending various car shows and was a member of the Ouachita Car Club. He worked for Numatics for many years and was a very skilled employee. Lonnie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, John Easterling. Lonnie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Cecilia Easterling of Cherry Hill; one son and daughter in law, Lonnie Jr. and Holli Easterling of Shirley, Arkansas; one daughter, Holly Hall of Clarkson, Michigan; one brother, Richard Easterling of Dundee, Michigan; one sister, Debra Sniedner of Davisburg, Michigan; one brother and sister in law, Joe and Vicki Wilson of Wixom, Michigan; one grandson, Devon Hall of Michigan; and one nephew, Robert McKinstry of Union Lake, Michigan; and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Baptist Church with Brother Grant Geiger officiating. Interment will follow at the Cherry Hill Cemetery. A visitation will take place before the service at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be Tom Bawman, Frank Nelson, Stan House, Matt Debnar, Mark Thompson, and J.R. Kelch. Honorary Pallbearers are Robert McKinstry and David Giles. Online Guestbook available at: www.bowserffh.com

RHONDA ANN POLLARD Rhonda Ann Pollard age 63 of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away Monday, March 25, 2019 in Smithville, Oklahoma. Rhonda was born on March 2, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Amos Dixon and LaVonne Ibbitson Dixon. She worked for Tyson as a factory worker. One of her favorites things to do was driving around the backroads on Sunday mornings and listening to church service on the radio. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Smithville. Rhonda enjoyed working in her yard and could grow anything. She was an avid collector of birds, angels and Campbell soup memorabilia. Most of all she loved and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and huge family gatherings. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She was survived by the love of her love Ray Pollard of Smithville, Oklahoma; son, Shawn Ray Pollard and wife Stacy of Smithville, Oklahoma; daughter, Charolette Ann Pollard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Tyfani Chandler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Zack Eubanks of Grannis, Arkansas, Katie Flood of Smithville, Oklahoma, Luke Golding of Mena, Arkansas, Kerrigan Pollard of Smithville, Oklahoma, Mackenzie Pollard of Boise, Idaho, Devin Pollard of Smithville, Oklahoma, Natalie Pollard of Smithville, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren: Delylah Chandler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Gwendolyn Faith of Smithville, Oklahoma; brothers: Henry Dixon and wife Edna of Waldron, Arkansas and Dewayne Dixon and wife Doris of Hatton, Arkansas; sister, Karla Barker and Frank Harris of Choctaw, Oklahoma; and brother-in-law, Jerry Robb of Hatton, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Tonya Robb. Graveside services were Friday, March 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Westview Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Luke Golding, Devin Pollard, Zack Eubanks, Henry Dixon, Jerry Robb and John Golding.

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JERRY DAVID WHITE

Jerry David White age 71 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home. Jerry was born in Mena, Arkansas on November 12, 1947 to the late Roy R. and Edith Schoolfield White. He would have been married to Joyce E. Waller for 50 years on April 4, 2019. Jerry worked as a Propane driver and served his country in the Air National Guard. He also worked as a mail carrier for the Postal Service. Jerry loved to be outdoors hunting and fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed raising Quail and he loved his Australian Shepherd, “ Roscoe” . He loved being around and visiting with his family and friends. Jerry was a loving and kind husband, son, brother, and brother- in-law and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Joyce White of Mena, Arkansas; mother, Edith Schoolfield White of Mena, Arkansas; brother, Colin White of Mena, Arkansas; sisters: Gale Harris and husband Troy and Connie Golden of Mena, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Troy Waller and wife Brenda of Emerson, Arkansas; sister-inlaw, Donita Almand and husband Dale of Prescott, Arkansas; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy R. White and sister, Janet Sue Harris. Funeral service was Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Richard Myhand officiating. Interment followed in the White Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation was Tuesday April 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. prior to service. Pallbearers were Jason Harris, Chad Golden, Brian White, Dustin White, Junior White and Jared White. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Paul Sirmon, Larry Paul Floyd, Steve Bell, Bob Harrison, and Roy Harris Online at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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JANE ELIZABETH DUNAGAN Jane Elizabeth Dunagan age 63 of Cove, Arkansas passed away Monday, March 25, 2019 in Cove surrounded by family. Jane was born on October 30, 1955 in Altus, Oklahoma to the late Gerald Land and Mary Boyd. She was happily married to Jerry Dunagan for many years. One of the highlights of her life was playing and loving on her grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her family and going to yard sales. Jane enjoyed making friends and she never met a stranger. Jane worked in the Hatfield and Mena Public Schools in the cafeteria, and was loved by co-workers and students. She enjoyed visiting with students while eating their lunches. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Dunagan of Cove, Arkansas; sons: Clinton Dunagan and wife Jennifer of Weatherford, Texas and Stephen Moss and wife Joni of Abilene, Texas; daughter, Tawanna Shores and husband Lesley of Cove, Arkansas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers: Gerald Land and wife Nena of Potter, Arkansas and Vergil Land and wife Tammy of Cove, Arkansas; sisters: Joyce Hopper and husband Danny of Cove, Arkansas and Lesia Land of Cove, Arkansas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Land. Memorial service were Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena with Brother Todd Webb officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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DALE SPENCER Dale Spencer, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully at his home on March

29, 2019. Dale was surrounded by his wife of 59 years Velda. Dale, also known as D.C., Daddy, Grandpa or Great Grandpa depending on how well you knew him was an avid outdoorsman that valued hard work and efficiency in everything he did. If you ever had the pleasure to meet him you would not soon forget it. He had a hardened exterior with an extensive vocabulary but also offered a kind soul and warm smile to anyone in need. Dale Clinton Spencer began his career at the age of 23 after completing the AHD Program in 1961. He attended Iola Junior College in Iola, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He received his early education and High School diploma in Welda, Kansas where he was born and raised. He came to the Highway Dept in 1960 after extensive work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the Missouri Highway Commission. In his Career as an engineer, he left a legendary amount of success. While the list of accomplishments in his professional career are long and varied, some of his most proud accomplishments include; being the Resident Engineer for the almost 4 year project “Talimena Scenic Drive” – Previously known as The Ouachita Skyline Drive and bringing Aubrey Tapley Park into existence. He was also responsible for an unlimited number of freeways, highways and byways; bridges, railroad lines and waterway draining systems.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents Elvin and Alma Spencer, brother Cliff Spencer, sister Ann Harrison and daughter Jacqueline Spencer. Dale is survived in death by his wife, Velda Spencer; son Mike Spencer and wife Roberta; daughter, Tyra Alley and husband Richard; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; his brothers: Jim and Wayne Spencer; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. An acknowledgement from Andy Brown: “D.C. Spencer was a great friend of mine. I met D.C. when Mena was attempting to build a sports park on Highway 71 North. D.C. was able to take a piece of property, apply his engineering touch and put it on paper. He did this for pennies on the dollar; working by the hour, saving our city tens of thousands of dollars. He oversaw the development of what is now Aubrey Tapley Park. Some people had a dream and D.C. was one of those people that was instrumental in seeing that these dreams were accomplished. This town owes him a lot. His legacy will live on forever. I will personally miss him. “ In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials be made in Dale’s honor to a charitable endeavor you feel best represents your connection with Dale and his passions. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena Online at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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By Sam Jordan, News/Sports Editor (MENA) People remember events that are important to them, such as birthdays, anniversaries and other things such as the time you went on a trip with the family or with friends. But, on Thursday, April 9th, 2009, that day still lingers with many Polk County residents. A storm that traveled approximately 14.5 miles, from just South / Southeast of Potter, through the downtown section of Mena and finally lifting three miles outside of Ink. Death, destruction and disarray that turned lives and property upside down. Wood, metal and other debris that were mangled or twisted, wrapped around trees, buildings or lying in fields all throughout the area. Help could not arrive quick enough. Neighbors helping one another, making sure that everyone was okay. Others trying to make sure everyone was accounted for. Then, crews from the electricity providers working non – stop and around the clock for days in restoring power to our homes and businesses. Our emergency services personnel racing to victims, firefighters encountering with electric lines or trees down, dealing with gas leaks, closing roadways to keep onlookers from getting in the way, state and federal agencies waiting to exercise their abilities of helping with infrastructure needs to get the communities affected back into business. Various churches came together in the labor of helping others in need. Denominational lines didn’t matter. As everyone is considered to be a part of God’s children. Courage, dedication and a continued service of spiritual community shined through, during a time of need and necessity. Organizations from as far away as Danville, Virginia and from Colorado and Mississippi, bringing tractor – trailer loads of supplies, water, food and anything deemed needed to help with displaced residents, in getting them back on their feet. Numerous other states also sending people to help us here in Polk County. Lots of families didn’t have insurance for such an event. Three people died that day. Albert Shaw, Judy Lobner and Anna Cress, all of Mena. President Barack Obama declared Polk County, a federal Disaster Area, which allowed the Federal Emergency Management Area to get immediate assistance rolling in to the ravaged area. An estimated $10.7 million was assessed in uninsured public damages and as much as $80 million to rebuild in Mena and Polk County. Governor Mike Beebe submitted a request for the federal disaster designation on April 14, 2009. FEMA officials were in the area on April 11th, but couldn’t do much until the President finally made the official declaration on April 27th. Governor Beebe and members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation wrote numerous letters in support for the FEMA request and also to the White House, seeking the President’s signing. However, one of the hardest to take a direct hit from the tornado, was Mena Middle School. The roof over the cafeteria, auditorium, the science library, the band room and other rooms throughout the complex were damaged. The sixth grade wing was also damaged severely. Most of the building sustained general roof damage. Students were shipped to the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, for the remainder of the 2008-2009 school year. Then, students were shipped to the former Hatfield school campus for two years, until the former Mena High School complex, was repaired and remodeled, which later became the Mena Middle School. A new Mena High School facility was built in the meantime. In the end, it came down to neighbors helping one another, strangers from near and far working to help rebuild a community. City crews, volunteers and inmates from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, also contributing to the cleanup efforts. It took more than just the local, hard-working citizens of Polk County to come to the aid of rebuilding a village. It also took resilience, determination, collaboration and most of all… Spirit to Keep Mena and Polk County ALIVE. That same spirit continues today, as new people continue to move to Polk County and call it home. A home that will continue to thrive and prosper. Working together in the time of need and also working together to continue growing, for the future.

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(MENA) Zachary Willis, age 11 and Parker Couch, age 15, attended the Arkansas State Junior Olympics Boxing Tournament this past Saturday, March 30th. The tournament was held in Augusta. Willis, was registered in the 11-12 yr old 110 pound division. Unfortunately, there were no opponents in his division. He will advance to the regionals as Arkansas State Champion (unopposed). Willis is a grandson of Garland and Tammy Cox of Acorn. Couch competed in the heavyweight

15-16 year old bracket. Couch drew the returning champion from last year and fought a hard three round fight and lost a very close split decision. Couch is the 15 year old son of Sean and Valerie Couch of Cherry Hill. Coach Richard Hexamer added, “Win or lose I am very very proud of these young men who trained super hard for this event. They along with the rest of their teammates at Defenders Boxing Club, our very proud to represent Mena and Polk County every time they climb into the boxing ring.”

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Upcoming Sports Schedule for the Week Thursday, April 4, 2019 BASEBALL: Mount Ida vs. Cossatot River SOFTBALL: Acorn vs. Waldron Mount Ida vs. Cossatot River Friday, April 5, 2019 BASEBALL: Gurdon vs. Acorn Hope vs. Mena SOFTBALL: Gurdon vs. Acorn Hope vs. Mena Monday, April 8, 2019 BASEBALL: Acorn vs. Horatio Cossatot River vs. Foreman Gurdon vs. Mount Ida SOFTBALL: Acorn vs. Horatio Cossatot River vs. Foreman Gurdon vs. Mount Ida

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 BASEBALL: Cossatot River vs. Caddo Hills Mena vs. Malvern SOFTBALL: Cossatot River vs. Caddo Hills Mena vs. Malvern Wednesday, April 10, 2019 SOFTBALL: Murfreesboro vs. Mena Thursday, April 11, 2019 BASEBALL: Mount Ida vs. Ouachita SOFTBALL: Centerpoint (Amity) vs. Mount Ida Friday, April 12, 2019 BASEBALL: Mount Ida vs. Acorn Cossatot River vs. Dierks SOFTBALL: Mount Ida vs. Acorn Cossatot River vs. Dierks Hackett vs. Mena

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Wickes Student Receives High Rank in State Archery

Wickes Elementary archer, Aiden McKenzie, recently achieved the 3rd Highest Score in the Elementary Division 3D Tournament at the Arkansas State Archery Tournament in Hot Springs. Aiden is a 5th grade student in the Cossatot River School District, and he is an archer on the Wickes Elementary Archery Team coached by Shelly Speight.

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Razorbacks Head Basketball Coach Mike Anderson Fired (FAYETTEVILLE) The University of Arkansas fired men's basketball coach Mike Anderson on Tuesday, citing a failure to consistently compete for conference and national championships. Anderson, 59, never finished with a losing record in eight seasons as the Razorbacks' head coach, but it wasn't enough to keep his job after Arkansas finished the season 1816 and didn't advance to the NCAA Tournament. "After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men's basketball program for future success," UA Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek said in a news release. "In the past eight seasons, we have won a number of games and have made appearances in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. "However, in my evaluation, we have not sustained a consistent level of success against the most competitive teams in the nation to enable us to compete for SEC and NCAA championships on an annual basis. That will continue to be the benchmark for our success throughout our athletic pro-

gram." Yurachek said he will begin a search immediately for Anderson's replacement and that Melvin Watkins, an assistant coach, will serve as an interim coach until a new coach is hired. Anderson had a 169-102 record at Arkansas, including 78-64 in Southeastern Conference games. His worst record at Arkansas was 16-16 during the 2015-16 season. Anderson's final game was a 63-60 loss at Indiana on Saturday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after the Razorbacks opened the tournament with an 84-72 victory at Providence, R.I. Arkansas made three NCAA Tournament appearances under Anderson in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and played in the NIT in 2014. "Anderson was a Razorbacks assistant coach for 17 seasons under Nolan Richardson, from 1986-2002. His time as an assistant included 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including Final Fours in 1990, 1994 and 1995. Arkansas won its only basketball national championship in 1994 and finished runner-up in 1995.

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Weekly Publication Thursday – April 4th • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at 2345844 or Linda Rowe at 234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – LIVE Country & Gospel Music. Open to the public at the Daisy Room, Janssen Florist in downtown Mena. • 5:15 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas 10 week walking/running clinic meets on high school track unless otherwise noted. Join us in preparing for a 5K in May and get your fitness routine started. You can find us on Facebook at Women Run Arkansas-Mena. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call 479-2342297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – GriefShare weekly seminar/support group meets at Ouachita Regional Hospice, 602 DeQueen Street, Mena for anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. Friday – April 5th • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings

are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-Western Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3091 Hwy. 71 North. $5 Entry fee. Must be 21 years old. Saturday – April 6th • 9:30 a.m. – 3rd Annual FCCLA 3 on 3 Tournament. Registration is 9:00 a.m. at Acorn High School Gym. $40/Team, up to 4 players per team. Jr. Divisions 7th9th grade. Women’s and Men’s divisions 10th+. Contact Mindy Lyle (479) 394-5544. Or Makenna Goss for more information. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Area 14 Special Olympics Track and Field Events at Bearcat Stadium. If you are interested in volunteering please arrive at Bearcat Stadium at 10:00 a.m. and ask for Elizabeth Tompkins. Everyone is invited to come support these athletes as they compete in Track and Field Events. Let’s show our Community Spirit by cheering Area 14 Special Olympics Athletes. • 1:00 p.m. – There will be an M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 156 at UA-Rich Mountain. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-216-4606. • 8:00 p.m. – Midnight – Installation of Officers Dance at the Elks. Stormin’ Norman will be jamming live at the Elks Lodge of Mena, 124 Elks Lane, Hwy. 375 East. Admissions: $5 for Members, $6 Guests. Sunday – April 7th • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship service is held at Sulpher Springs Church. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday – April 8th • 11:30 a.m. – MHS Class of ’59 (The Mena High School Class of 1959) will

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meet at the Lime Tree Restaurant. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 3:00 p.m. – The Airport Commission’s meeting will be held at the UA-Rich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – The Polk County Genealogical Society will meet in the Polk County Library. The Program is the “Town of Hatfield” by Shirley Gross. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn next The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. Tuesday – April 9th • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:15 p.m. – Women Run Arkansas 10 week walking/running clinic meets on high school track unless otherwise noted. Join us in preparing for a 5K in May and get your fitness routine started. You can find us on Facebook at Women Run Arkansas-Mena. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post

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Public School Choice in Arkansas allows students to attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they reside. The applications must be made by May 1, 2019, to qualify for provisions under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013. Pursuant to standards adopted by a nonresident district may reserve the right to accept or reject applicants based on capacity of programs, class, grade level or school building. Likewise, a nonresident district’s standards may provide for rejection of an applicant based upon the submission of false or misleading information to the above listed request for information when that information directly impacts the legal qualifications of an applicant to transfer pursuant to the School Choice Act. However, a nonresident district’s standards shall not include an applicant’s previous academic achievement, athletic or other extracurricular ability, handicapping conditions, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings, except that an expulsion from another district may be included pursuant to Ark. Code Ann 618510. Priority will be given to applicants with siblings attending the district. The nonresident district shall accept credits toward graduation that were awarded by another district and award a diploma to a nonresident district’s graduation requirements. Applications postmarked or delivered to the Superintendent of Schools no later than May 1 for a child to be able to enroll for the fall semester. Transfers shall be granted on a nondiscriminatory basis. Students who have been accepted and enrolled in previous years do not have to reapply as approved transfers remain valid for as long as the student attends public school. The following districts comply with this public school announcement: Ashdown, Caddo Hills, Cossatot River, DeQueen, Dierks, Foreman, Horatio, Mena, Mineral Springs, Mount Ida, Nashville and Ouachita River. (DMESC:22;w288)

Bill To Allow The VA To Hire More Doctors

(WASHINGTON) Recruiting and retaining highly-qualified physicians has long been a challenge for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to turn the tide by allowing the department to compete for the best and brightest doctors coming out of medical school. The VA Hiring Enhancement Act—introduced by Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Jon Tester (D-MT)—aims to overcome the competitive disadvantage the VA faces in recruiting medical students by aligning the department’s hiring processes with private sector providers. The hiring process begins much earlier for the private sector than it does for the VA. “Under its current hiring processes, the VA loses too many great medical school graduates to private sector employers. The VA Hiring Enhancement Act will fix that by leveling the playing field for the VA and allowing the department to attract the best and brightest doctors. In terms of closing the VA’s recruiting gap with the private sector, this bill is a gamechanger,” said Boozman. “The VA must have a qualified medical workforce ready to serve veterans,” said

Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “The VA Hiring Enhancement Act makes the VA more competitive with the private sector when it recruits talented doctors, clinicians, and medical students.” The VA Hiring Enhancement Act has the support of key Veterans Service Organizations including the American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Veterans & Military Families for Progress. Specifically, the VA Hiring Enhancement Act seeks to: Allow the VA to release physicians from non-compete agreements, provided they commit to VA services for at least one year. This makes it easier to hire local doctors, since non-compete contracts are often designed to prevent doctors from competing with their previous employer in the same local area; Grant the VA authority to make binding job offers up to two years prior to residency completion, which would help the VA become more proactive in its healthcare provider hiring practices and is particularly important to attracting specialists; and set the minimum education requirement for VA doctors as completion of residency.


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(MENA) Members of the First Presbyterian Church in Mena, dismissed its regular Sunday morning service on March 31st. The congregation instead held its first of the churches 5th Sunday program called “Helping Hands Sunday� in which parishioners, friends, church members and the Pastor, will use their time to offer themselves to the community to show their love

of the Lord by helping others. Various teams will go out of the church building, offering aid and encouragement to those sometimes overlooked and those who can not help themselves. Anyone who wants to be a part of Helping Hands Sunday is invited to meet at First Presbyterian Church at 9am on those particular 5th Sundays during the year.

Fertilizer Truck Explosion in Camden (CAMDEN) A truck driver hauling a load of fertilizer chemicals was killed Wednesday morning, March 27th, near Camden when the truck's wheels caught fire and ignited the load, setting off an explosion that was heard for miles and led to the evacuation of homes within a 1-mile radius of the blast, authorities said. The explosion occurred on U.S. 278, about 10 miles west of Camden and about a mile and a half from Arkansas 57. The truck that Randall McDougal, 63, of Calion was driving was hauling ammonium nitrate, a highly combustible chemical

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